Colonial Drive-In

Highway 377,
Denton, TX 76205

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Colonial Drive-In

Located mid-way between Denton and Argyll (south of Denton and often advertised as being located in Argyll). George Franklin opened the Colonial Drive-In on May 20, 1948, one week after Denton’s Rancho Drive-In opened. It was designed in a Colonial Revival style by Texas Manufacturing Company of Fort Worth, TX.

Around 1953 it was renamed Twin Vue Drive-In. Sadly, George Franklin and some of his workers were killed while trying to hold up one of the walls during a tornado on March 24, 1954. It was renamed Colonial Drive-In again and was operated in 1955 by Debbs Reynolds. It was still open in 1957.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Billy Smith / Don Lewis, Debbie Ward McArdel

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on June 18, 2009 at 9:30 pm

A view of the Colonial Drive-In at Denton Texas.

Kenmore on July 1, 2018 at 6:45 pm

I believe I found it.

The drive-in was located at 9842 Fort Worth Drive, Argyle, TX. A 1968 aerial photo shows the remnants of a demolished drive-in at that location on the west side of the road.

Today, the property is occupied by at least one business and a residence. You can still make out the vague outline of the drive-in.

Kenmore on July 1, 2018 at 7:55 pm

That should be “east” side of the road, not “west”.

MichaelKilgore on March 29, 2019 at 9:58 am

From the June 4, 1955 issue of Billboard: “The Colonial Drive-In at Denton, Tex., closed since last June, has been re-opened by Debs Reynolds of Dallas, who has leased it from its owners, Mr. and Mrs. George Franklin.”

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